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An [elite / elitism] athlete has just emerged from spending a record-breaking 500 days alone in a cave in Spain. Beatriz Flamini, 50, is an [extreme / extremity] mountaineer. She participated in a scientific study to examine the [affects / effects] of extreme isolation and [deprivation / deprived] on physical and mental health. She had to live [in / on] solitude in a cave 70 metres deep. She [disembarked / embarked] on the solitary endeavour on the 20th of November 2021 and emerged from her subterranean [implode / abode] last Friday. After resurfacing, she was given [health / healthy] check-ups by a doctor and psychologist. Rather than have a shower, she [faced / headed] inquisitive reporters in a press conference, in which she [briefed / briefly] explained the past 16 months.

Ms Flamini was [beaming / gleaming] as she told journalists that time had [flown / driven] by. She said she was surprised when scientists came to tell her the 500 days had ended. She had been constantly [monitoring / monitored] by psychologists and cave [expats / experts] , but had no [contact / contract] with anyone else. She lost [track / tack] of time and all perception of time after day 65 "because it was always four [on / in] the morning". She explained her attitude, saying: "The most important thing is being very consistent….I lived [down / up] to my commitment to living in a cave for 500 days." She put her success [up / down] to being able to "get on very well with myself". She did admit to having occasional [carvings / cravings] for roast chicken.

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